Red Bay Snook Cichlid- Petenia Splendida

  • Striking red cichlid for large aquariums.
  • Grows to 18 inches, needs tank mates of similar size.
  • Thrives on meaty frozen food and occasional pellets.
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Red Bay Snook Cichlid – Petenia Splendida


Turn your aquarium into a splash of color with the Red Bay Snook Cichlid! This captivating fish, known for its vibrant red hue, is a captivating addition to a large tank.

Scientific Name

Petenia splendida

Water Quality

Adaptable to a range of water conditions, the Red Bay Snook Cichlid thrives in clean, well-maintained aquariums.

Water Parameters:

  • pH Level: 7.0 – 7.5
  • GH Level: Above 15 dGH
  • KH Level: Moderately hard water (8-12 dKH) is ideal.


These piscivores (fish eaters) have hearty appetites. A diet of high-quality meaty frozen foods, supplemented with occasional pellets, will keep them happy and healthy.

Tank Mates

Choose tank mates with caution. While moderately aggressive, their large size makes them a threat to smaller fish. Other large Central American cichlids can be suitable tank mates.


Distinguishing males from females can be tricky until they reach maturity. Males tend to develop a more intense red coloration and a more pronounced pearly outline on their scales.


Breeding Red Bay Snook Cichlids in captivity can be challenging. They are cave spawners and require specific conditions to trigger spawning behavior.

Maximum Size and Longevity

These impressive fish can reach up to 18 inches (45cm) in length and live for 10-15 years with proper care.

General Information

  • Red Bay Snook Cichlids are native to Central America.
  • Juveniles display a black and silver pattern that transforms into a stunning red color as they mature.

Fun Fact

The Red Bay Snook Cichlid gets its name from its resemblance to saltwater Snook fish, although they are not closely related.


My Family

Family Cichlid

Where I am from

Origin Central America

My behaviour

Social Aggressive

How do I breed

Breeding Egglayer

Can you keep me

Care Level Advanced

Potential of Hydrogen

pH Level Aquarium pH measures water acidity/alkalinity. 7 is neutral. Fish have pH preferences; maintain ideal levels for their health and stability. 7.0 – 7.5

General Hardness

GH Level GH (General Hardness) in aquariums measures minerals like calcium and magnesium. It affects fish health by showing water\'s mineral content. > 15 dGH

Carbonate Hardness

KH Level KH (Carbonate Hardness) in an aquarium stabilizes pH. It acts like a shield, keeping the water conditions just right for fish. 8 – 12 dKH


Temperature Ideal temperature needed for fish 22°C – 28°C

How long will I live

Life Span 5 – 10 Years

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